Welcome to another edition of “Please Release Me,” in which your Idolators request–nay beg–that an out-of-print, delayed or held-up-in-customs album be issued stateside:
Artist: Charlotte Gainsbourg
Hometown: Paris, France
Album: 5:55, 2006
What is it?: Serge Gainsbourg’s daughter and Science of Sleep star Charlotte Gainsbourg assembled an all-star cast for this album: there’s music by Air, lyrics by Jarvis Cocker and the Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon, and production by Nigel Godrich, and yes, the album is out-and-out gorgeous. Gainsbourg’s breathy voice is well-served by Air’s moody arrangements, and the string arrangements–which were masterminded by Beck’s father, David Campbell–add another dreamlike layer.
Where is it?: Yesterday’s New York Times blurb on 5:55 hinted that it would be available in the States, via Vice Records, next spring; it came out in the UK in September, and it’s on sale at Amazon UK and CD WOW. But the more we listen to it, the more we can’t help but think that its chilly, beguiling songs would be well-suited to a winter release.
Charlotte Gainsbourg – AF607105 [MP3, link expired]
Charlotte Gainsbourg – Everything I Cannot See [MP3, link expired]
Charlotte Gainsbourg [MySpace]